Things To Do With Kids On Queensland’s Sunshine Coast


The Sunshine Coast is a very popular destination for Aussie families, and no wonder. There are so many things to do with kids at the Sunshine Coast that you could visit for a week a year and never run out of fun stuff to do.

In fact the range of activities can be a bit overwhelming. If you’re planning your first trip to the Sunshine Coast, this post should help you make some plans.

Of course it’s also vital to plan plenty time just splashing at the beach or in a pool. Building sandcastles is also an essential part of the holiday!

We’ve visited the Sunshine Coast several times as a family (see links to our previous posts at the end of this one.)

I’ve also done a couple of girls-only trips to Noosa plus one recent press trip. So here’s my pick of what to do.


Surfing Lessons

Try  Coolum Surfing School and see how fast the kids can get up and start surfing. You might find it a bit trickier yourself!

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The fab playground at Eumundi Markets

Eumundi Markets

On every Wednesday and Saturday at Eumundi, these artisan markets work well for all the family. There are so many items on sale that would delight child – and lovely grub too.

Hours:      Saturdays 7am – 2pm Wednesdays 8am – 1.30pm

Address: 80 Memorial Drive, Eumundi QLD 4562Phone:(07) 5442 7106

Website here

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The Ginger Factory

Just inland in the town of Yandina is The Ginger Factory. There’s SO much to do at this complex. You can learn all about how ginger is grown and processed, see inside the secret world of bees, ride the fantastic train around the property even enjoy a  water ride based on the Disneyland ‘It’s a Small World’ ride. There’s also a large cafe, ice cream bar plus some very cool shops.

Entry to The Ginger Factory itself is free then you can pay to see some of the attractions.

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Maleny Botanic Gardens and Bird World

A visit to the Sunshine Coast Hinterland is a must, and when there do check out these spectacular gardens and the huge variety of exotic and native birds. There are llamas too!

If your children love wildlife then the Sunshine Coast has a couple of great options. There’s Australia Zoo, the best known, plus there’s also Maleny Botanic Gardens and Bird World up in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland.

You (and I) may know that birds would be happiest when free to swoop and fly in their own natural habitat. But kids do learn a lot from close encounters with animals.

The aviary is over 1000 square metres and is home to about 300 birds, so there is space for them to swoop around – and they do. They’ll also land on your shoulders and head!

There’s also the magnificent Gardens to explore, plus family-friendly bushwalks and plenty of space to run and play. Plus cream teas!

Maleny Botanic Gardens website here.

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A keeper feeds the birds
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Australia Zoo

Again there’s masses to see at this legendary home of the best of Australian wildlife. An absolute must-see if the wildlife hospital which treats injured native animals and is separate to the hospital where the zoo’s residents go when sick.

You do need to pay a bit extra to visit, but it’s fascinating and well worth it too. It’s also a heartbreaking visit and a shock to realise that 50 koalas a month are injured by cars. You can chat to the nurses and vets and all the family will learn heaps about the threats facing wildlife in Queensland.

We saw the Wildlife Warriors show in the famous Crocoseum, this nearly gave me heart failure several times!

Australia Zoo website here.

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More things to do with kids on the Sunshine Coast

Read up on all there is on offer on the excellent Visit Sunshine Coast website.

Kids on the Coast is an terrific magazine and website for local families. A search through the site will give you heaps of ideas on child-friendly cafes, restaurants and activities.

So that’s just a taste really of what’s on offer. It’s where you can start planning your trips.

If you’ve never taken the family to the Sunshine Coast, delay no longer!

Happy holiday planning!

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  1. says: Joni

    My younger kids, 13 and 6 LOVED Aussie World theme Park said that was the best place on the Sunshine Coast! Buy your tickets online for the best prices. Maleny Dairies is a nice day out too especially if you book a farm tour.We stumbled on the Maroochy Wetlands sanctuary which is a free boardwalk trail ansd that was well wroth visiting.

    1. says: Seana Smith

      Thank you Joni, that’s great to hear. There’s no better recommendation that hearing from families who have visited. Much appreciated.

  2. says: Natalie

    Would you be interested in some artistic classes for your children? Located in Buderim, My School of Art is an excellent co-curricular activity. Chrysanthe is very skilled in arts and passionate about her job, and she offers a free trial if you want to test before enrolling! Check it out if you’re interested!

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